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DC Council Game 30: Wizards 84 at Clippers 102: Some of These Shots Are Not Like The Others

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Updated: February 16, 2012

[The DC Council -- After each Wizards game: setting the scene, rating the starters, assessing the bench, providing the analysis, and catching anything that you may have missed. Unlike the real DC Council, everything here is over the table. Click here for cumulative DC Council 3-star ratings over the course of the season. Game 30 contributors: Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis), John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend), and Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It).

Score

Washington Wizards 84 at Los Angeles Clippers 102 [box score]

Stat of The Game

w/ Adam McGinnis

  • The guard trio of Young/Wall/Crawford made two fewer field-goals (14-46) versus the Clippers than the amount of shots they collectively missed (31-47) against Portland.
  • The Wizards were down 80-74 with 8:42 remaining in fourth quarter, the Clippers closed out game on 22-10 run.
  • Nick Young missed his first nine shots of the night.

Scene of the Game

w/ John Converse Townsend

Jan Vesely hammered home an uncontested in the third quarter to give the Wizards a 62-60 lead, what would be their largest of the game. Blake Griffin answered, burying two consecutive dunks to put the Clip Show back in front by four, 70-66, with 2:47 left in the period. The Wizards didn’t score again until the fourth quarter, and by then, it was too late.

Randy Foye torched his former team, scoring 10 of the Clippers’ first 13 points in the fourth quarter to increase LA’s lead to 12. A Chris Paul 3-pointer preceded a DeAndre Jordan alley-oop which all but ended the game—the Clippers up 18 points with just three minutes left to play. In the previous meeting between these two teams, the Wizards never led, and were stomped out in the first quarter. Progress! or something resembling it.

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Adam McGinnis, John Converse Townsend
and Kyle Weidie 

<***> Rating the Starting 5, Bench & Coach out of 3 stars.

John Wall

John Wall

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Early season season reports of John Wall’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Wall has been on an absolute tear in the month of February. In the seven games leading into last night’s meeting with the Clippers in Los Angeles, Wall was averaging 20.3 points (on 54.3 percent shooting), 8.3 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. He again came up big for his team, scoring 18 points in 13 attempts (free throws, 10-12, helped his total), while also filling the stat sheet with 12 assists, six rebounds, one steal, and one block. Wall’s mid-range game is beginning to come around—set shots are out, jump shots are hot—and he’s beginning to use his talents as both an athlete and a basketball player to manipulate defenses for open looks.
2 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: John Wall’s outside shot was not dropping, yet his ability to get to the free-throw line and create shots for teammates kept the Wizards in the game.
2 Stars
WEIDIE: Wall played a damn fine contest and seems to weaning himself off summer time hoops and into a grown man’s NBA game. This means that he’s doing a better job at composed offense—finishing, earning trips to the line or finding the right passes to make. Over his first 20 games this season, his ORtg (offensive rating, an estimation of points produced per 100 possessions) was 91.25; over the last 10 games it’s at 107.3.
2.25 Stars

TOTAL: 6.25 out of 9 stars

Nick Young

Nick Young

KYLE WEIDIE: Nick Young was forcing shots to impress his hometown friends and family so much early in the game that the fine purveyors of Washington Wizards basketball via television media partners Comcast SportsNet Washington, courtesy of Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier, could not help but notice and point this fact out. Young first scored on a flurry of three 3-pointers within four minutes in the third quarter, all set up by John Wall, and ended the night with 14 points on 5-18 shooting (3-10 from three), and one free-throw attempt (made it) with one assist, one rebound and two turnovers. We’d probably stop calling nights such as this more of the norm for Nick (and nights like the one in Portland an anomaly) if it seemed Young actually watched film and noticed his selfish, shot-jacking ways. But no, we are left with post-game comments like this one: “My teammates were encouraging me all day long, and I tried to get going in the second half as usual and just fell short.” Very incorrigible, that young man.
0.75 Star (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Young came out visibly pressing in front of his friends and family. He regained touch in second half, but it was not enough to overcome his early poor shot selection.
1 Star
TOWNSEND: Yeah, I get it. Young’s family was in the crowd and he wanted to follow-up his 35-point performance in Portland with a loud, explosive, Michael Bay-inspired show in Hollywood. But Young played like he was alone in a practice gym—blindfolded—and did a bang-up job disrupting the Wizards offense.
0.5 Star

TOTAL: 2.25 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

KYLE WEIDIE: Singleton, at this moment (not saying that things can’t change), is no longer the guy who “slipped” to the Wizards in the 2011 draft at 17 (while the Knicks took dunk contest participant Iman Shumpert at 16)… he is now the guy Washington “landed” at 17, and the guy they hope turns around his rookie struggles at some point soon. Singleton contributed zero points on 0-4 shooting, three steals, one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes. That’s terrible. Also, Singleton made current Caron Butler look like old Caron Butler—it was like Tuff Juice spilled some Mountain Dew all over the floor, gave Chris a brand new pair of roller stakes, and said, ‘Good luck.’
0.25 Star (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Wizards need their small forward to play tough on-ball defense and shoot well from long range. Singleton is doing neither. His troubles can easily be  labeled as a rookie taking lumps, but we are reaching the point where maybe he is just not that good.
0.5 Star
TOWNSEND: Chris Singleton looks like a pro—size, length, hops—but in this trial by fire, the rookie continues to get burned. He isn’t much more than a nice idea at this point.
0.5 Star

TOTAL: 1.25 out of 9 stars

Trevor Booker

Trevor Booker

KYLE WEIDIE: Booker was again solid, but far from being close to spectacular. He played very disciplined defense on Blake Griffin (Griffin understandably got the best of him a couple times, however) en route to nine points, eight rebounds and a block in 28 minutes. What plagued Booker most was foul trouble (and two inches, I joked… because if he had two more of those in height, other teams would feel more pain). Let’s not forget, even though Booker has come along very solidly lately, just about blowing his old expectations out the water and creating new ones, that he’s still just an NBA soph (albeit one with three years of college experience) and is still learning a lot. Damn if I don’t wish he was a little be taller, for his sake, so he can be a baller.
1.25 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Blake Griffin is a tough guard because he is constantly traveling, pushing off, bulldozing with his shoulder, and crying when he does not get a call. Booker held his own against those obstacles.
1.5 Star
TOWNSEND: Trevor Booker was everything Nick Young was not last night: responsible, efficient and under-appreciated. A close-range hook shot that rattled out was his only miss from the field. Booker, despite being smaller and slower than Blake Griffin, made the reigning Rookie of the Year work for every inch.
1.75 Stars

TOTAL: 4.5 out of 9 stars

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

ADAM McGINNIS: JaVale was embarrassed by Clippers’s front line in Washington. He somewhat bounced back in Los Angeles, finishing with a line of 18 points, five boards and two blocks. Griffin and Jordan combined for 13 offensive rebounds while McGee only tallied one. His new asthma medicine is working wonders with his conditioning, focusing on quick spin moves in post has also been a nice weapon, and McGee’s free throw stroke is much improved lately.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: McGee is often predictable, but his size and length make his post game virtually impossible to defend. While he showed a more polish in the scoring department Wednesday night, at times McGee waned in effort on the glass. On the bright side, he collected one more rebound than his previous total against the Clippers (four).
2 Stars
WEIDIE: Is it really all about these asthma diagnoses? Are they really the difference between the appearance of JaVale trying and the site of him coasting through the motions? Look, the kid didn’t become a smarter basketball player overnight because of better treatment for breathing problems, but he’s much more fun and acceptable to watch in whatever state he’s currently found himself in, presumably no longer entrenched in the NBA’s dog days.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 5.5 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Shelvin Mack and Jan Vesely were the only Wizards with a positive plus/minus against the Clippers, plus-five — though neither had a major impact on the game. Mack made a couple of baskets, and Vesely needs to get on a diet of weight room and whey protein to contend with the elite athletes in the NBA. Other notables: Jordan Crawford tried to outgun the city of LA, but failed — Crawford still outplayed Nick Young, though. … Roger Mason missed an open corner 3-pointer, his only shot attempt on the night. … Kevin Seraphin missed what could go down as the easiest shot attempt he’ll ever get in the NBA, but he did have five rebounds and four points in nine minutes. … Rashard Lewis: still on the team.
1 Star (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Jordan Crawford, begrudgingly
McGINNIS: J-Craw must have unloaded some of his shorties to gain focus, because his lights out shooting continued early, although he cooled off considerably later. Seraphin is an unpolished product and Vesely did not have much of an impact aside from picking up five fouls in 15 minutes. Sweet Lew is out there and stuff.
1 Star
Sub Man of the Game: Jordan Crawford
WEIDIE: Crawford came out firing, then ended up 5-15 from the field, and that’s the most Randy Wittman got from his second unit. I’m giving the sub of the game to Vesely because at least he wasn’t aware that he should not be backing down against the eternally douchey Kenyon Martin, bating the grizzled, Method Man-looking vet into looking like Cheese Wagstaff against Brother Mouzone… I think. Really not sure where I’m going with this.
0.75 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Jan Vesely

BENCH TOTAL: 2.75 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

ADAM McGINNIS: It was highly unlikely Wizards were going to continue their blazing-hot shooting from the Portland game, but they were in it throughout, even when their shots were not falling. Washington’s roster has no consistent post scorer and lacks competent wing defenders, two necessities to be successful in the NBA. The staff should be lauded for having them compete when they lack the horses to defeat caliber team like the Clippers on their home court.
2 Stars (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: It’s funny. When Nick Young threatens to tear down everything the Wizards have worked for in this curiously long rebuild, Wittman turns to Jordan Crawford. It can be a vicious cycle, really.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: Coach Wittman needs to get his young team conditioned and/or rest… so take away the video games, double-down on whatever new-age juice replenishes the body, and start slicing cucumbers for those tired eyes.
1.5 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 5 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

Nick Young and Jan Vesely: “The 2-Man Game”
(quotes necessary, but Young does get the assist)

Top Tweets

@daCSmith: wow imagine if foye actually made a single shot when he was on the wizards. that would’ve been cool

@MrDCsports: Randy Wittman’s teeth glow in the dark

@CarbonPrimo: Black Griffin is a cheater, a whining cheater.

End Scene

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:

“I don’t look at this game as an 18-point loss, we just ran out of gas at the end. You’re not pleased with a loss, but we fought. We hung in there. We competed. Came up short.”
—Randy Wittman, choosing to ignore that the Clippers equalled or bested his Wizards in every statistical category save for fastbreak points.

Chris Paul’s loves him some Randy Foye (and, once again, that fateful 2009 trade comes back to kick Wizards fans while they’re down) — via ESPN.com:

“Foye was outstanding, and we’re going to need that from him. Tonight he hit some very timely 3s that gave us some separation. I’ve known him for years, and I used to play against him when he was in Minnesota.”
-Chris Paul

“Foye was one of those guys who used to give us fits because he’s such a good player. I think at times, he’s better than he thinks he is. He can handle the ball, he’s big and strong and athletic, and he can shoot it. So we just need him to keep getting his confidence.”
-Chris Paul



  • Ayo Obayomi

    The team is playing much better over the past week. The game actually was closer than an 18 point loss. It was the 2nd night of a back to back for one team, and the Wizards got tired at the end. This leads to lazier play, more turnovers , and worse jumpshooting, which brings me to my next point…

    So, I don’t know if this is known, but if you play 35+ minutes in one game and then a game the next night, you tend to have tired legs. This means good jumpshooters can be off, but if they are the #1 option on a team lacking any perimeter threats, they have to shoot!

    None of Wall, Young, or Crawford shot well, by the way. Admittely, Wall can get assists to compensate, but he still gets too many turnovers (of course no one mentions it). Crawford shot 5-15, but no one cares about this, when this is close to season averages (this bad game is typical for him). However, Young, like it or not (most Wizards fans and bloggers don’t like it), is the only shooter and scorer on the team, has a bad game and now he’s a selfish shotjacker. Obviously, the coaches are calling plays for him, so the plan is for him to do what he’s good at (Hint: It’s not being a creator). Hell, when he had 35 points on Tuesday, some Wizards bloggers and fans were whining because he had no assists!

    None of the SFs can shot at all, which puts more pressure on Young, the only guy on the team that’s actually a long range threat. Yet, no one notices that the SFs are basically useless. Booker is a good player, but he is also limited. I don’t think any of you fans or bloggers realize that this team would probably have half the amount of wins (at most)without Young! Instead, there’s stupid crap about having more 3s than assists, which isn’t even that bad (Good players like Rashard Lewis (he was good) and Peja Stojakovic are on that list too)!

    On Tuesday, Kobe Bryant shot 5-18 with no free throws and 5 turnovers. He must be a garbage player also. Players have bad games if you all couldn’t tell.

    Young is very good at catch and shoot, but 1.) Defenses are not going to let every shot by a catch and shoot; you have to create something vs. another NBA team and 2.) He missed his first 9 shots, but at least 4 of them were wide-open looks, what the hell should he do, then?

    The team is probably not going to be good next year either, but I am very curious to see who the scapegoat among Wizards fans and bloggers will be. I know Nick Young will be on a different team, where he will be in a role more suited to him (Not #1 option because everyone else can’t make or create a shot). Who will be the scapegoat? Will Blatche still be on the team? McGee? Will you all finally turn on Wall or Booker? If Wall or Singleton don’t develop an outside shot and the team doesn’t get a good shooting Wing, the amount of bricks from 3 point land will be hilariously sad.

  • Ayo Obayomi

    Oh by the way, the asthma medicine does have a huge effect on Javale, because the brain needs oxygen also. When he got tired easily, Javale was not scoring or rebounding as well, bit he also made more dumb plays than usual.

  • nich obert

    Young gets the ball in a lot of situations where he could and should immediately release but chooses not to.

    It’s maddening. I’ll never understand his penchant for putting the ball on the floor, doing some exploratory dribbling and then hoisting the shot up from somewhere else equally far from the hoop. If he didn’t like the original spot, why did he call for the ball there?

    The reason people get so mad at Nick is because of those situations. Where he could take that long 2 or 3 in rhythm right off the pass but instead flirts with the idea of taking it to the hole before deciding that the long jumper was actually what he wanted to do. If you’re going to take those shots, they need to be decisive. Why would any defender be looking for the pass or the drive? All he does is give the defender time to lock in on his Single Threat.

    To me- granted, just a guy that watches basketball, it seems like Nick’s occasional aimless dribbling is more of an affectation or nervous tic than a conscious decision at times.
    This is the best I can think of, because the other option is that Nick feels that a contested jumper would make for a better highlight.

    When he’s on, he’s on. There’s no disputing that Nick Young can get buckets. I don’t mind when he’s aggressively bombing, I do mind when he feels the need to dribble between his legs and shoot a fadeaway 3 seconds after he passed up an uncontested squared up jumper from the same spot.

  • AjFromTheDMV

    I guess Wall has turned the corner for good this season and will play well even when his shot is not dropping.

  • nich obert

    John Wall is shooting a higher percentage than Nick Young now.

    This despite Wall’s horrible start to the season and his ongoing experiments with finding how much control he needs to be under in order to draw fouls in the paint while still going fast enough that defenders get caught up.

    Young is essentialy Jason Kapono, but if Jason Kapono never quite understood his role and carried himself like Kobe anyway.

  • nich obert

    Err, sorry- carried himself as if he was Kobe, not actually like Kobe.

    I want to see Nick Young going bananas in the paint, pulling up for short jumpers, kicking it out to the open man- and trust me if Nick Young has the ball there’s going to be 2-3 open men out there.

    The guy has the skills, he’s just so in love with the perimeter that we rarely see them. Same on defense- every once in awhile he’s a pitbull in somebody’s face and it just leaves me confused.

    Some people just aren’t wired all the way right I guess. If he isn’t going to change his game, he’d be best served by tossing that shot up immediately instead of being wishy-washy about it.

  • Ayo Obayomi

    Nich: Actually, Wall and Young are both shooting 41.7%, but Young shoots 3s at 39%, not 11%. That’s not the point I was making though. I never said Young is better than Wall, he’s not. What I am saying is that you fans think he’s the worst player on the team when he’s one of the biggest reasons they even win at all. Can you imagine this team without him? Teams would just pack the paint because no one else even shoots respectable from 3 (Except Mack, but he hasn’t shot a lot, so who knows).

    Young ranks 9th in PER among the league’s SG’s who get major minutes. He ranks 4th in points per minute, and two of the guys ahead of him (Kobe and Ellis) have a lower TS%. And Young is doing it with no other scoring threat to attract defensive attention. However, most Wizards fans treat him as if he’s some kind of scrub. He had similar rankings last year as well. He won’t be on the team next year anyway, so I’ll stop complaining about him then.

  • Chris

    Ayo, your points about Nick Young utterly ignore what is plainly observable in any NBA game in which he has ever played: Nick Young does exactly one thing well, and that is shoot the ball well in streaks from the outside. That’s it. He can’t handle the ball, is an abysmal passer and defender, moves lazily and clumsily without the ball, and is probably the worst rebounder in NBA history.

    I happen to think Nick Young is an okay dude, based on nothing more than watching him in post-game interviews. But he is very obviously not a good fit for a team that desperately needs smart, disciplined play at ever position and as much hustle and energy as they can get on the court. If Nick wants to pour in jumpers off the bench for a contender, that’s fine. But on a talent strapped team trying to build a new, winning culture, he’s just about the worst possible option.

  • larry smith

    I agree with ever one that blogged. Eat that Weidie White.